The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, on Tuesday said 34 states across the country had received N50 billion each from the federal government to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, explaining that the federal government has laid out procedures on how such funds should be spent.,
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who disclosed this in a PTF press briefing in Abuja, said that the N50 billion released to the 36 states of the federation is to help increase their capacities in testing and surveillance for the COVID-19 virus.
Aliyu, who said each state got at least N1bn, expressed concerns over the poor testing rates in most of the states of the federation.
He however, commended Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory for hitting target of testing at least one per cent of their populations.
The National Coordinator, who said the FCT had hit two per cent, noted that Plateau, Gombe and Rivers “have already gone beyond 50 per cent mark of the target” while “a large number of states have not even reached a quarter of this.”